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Google grabbed SketchUp. Will Microsoft grab Graphisoft?

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The move is on to acquire 3D/2D CAD functionality for the mapping sites.
Google now owns SketchUp which is an amazing vector graphics spatial
development tool. SketchUp can be used with Google Earth.

Microsoft needs to complete their own global mapping strategy. I would say
now that SketchUp has been lost to Google there's no better software to
consider as an acquisition than that from Graphisoft [1] as they dominate
the 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM).

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<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
URL http://clintongallagher.metromilwaukee.com/

[1] http://www.graphisoft.com/

Apr 24 '06 #1
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> Microsoft needs to complete their own global mapping strategy.

Do they? I mean, really...how many online map sites does the world need and
how much does that really add to MS's bottom line?

-Darrel
Apr 24 '06 #2

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Do any of these products generate any revenue whatsoever?

clintonG wrote:
The move is on to acquire 3D/2D CAD functionality for the mapping sites.
Google now owns SketchUp which is an amazing vector graphics spatial
development tool. SketchUp can be used with Google Earth.

Microsoft needs to complete their own global mapping strategy. I would say
now that SketchUp has been lost to Google there's no better software to
consider as an acquisition than that from Graphisoft [1] as they dominate
the 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Apr 24 '06 #3

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You should learn about Second Life [1] and what is going on in that context.
Yes, people like you and I are making money and some are earning lots of it.

<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
URL http://clintongallagher.metromilwaukee.com/

[1] http://secondlife.com/


"John A. Bailo" <ja*****@texeme.com> wrote in message
news:44************@texeme.com...

Do any of these products generate any revenue whatsoever?

clintonG wrote:
The move is on to acquire 3D/2D CAD functionality for the mapping sites.
Google now owns SketchUp which is an amazing vector graphics spatial
development tool. SketchUp can be used with Google Earth.

Microsoft needs to complete their own global mapping strategy. I would
say now that SketchUp has been lost to Google there's no better software
to consider as an acquisition than that from Graphisoft [1] as they
dominate the 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Apr 24 '06 #4

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People like you and I are making money in virtual worlds such as Second Life
[1]. The "world" then seems to be a place limited by your own imagination.
Google bought SketchUp to enable people to generate their own content that
Google intends to make accessible via Google Earth. I have had this vision
thing for a long time myself. People and businesses pay to have buildings in
real space for example. People and businesses will pay to use virtual space.
They already are. All that's missing are more APIs and more tools.

--
<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
URL http://clintongallagher.metromilwaukee.com/

[1] http://secondlife.com/

"darrel" <no*****@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:eR*************@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
Microsoft needs to complete their own global mapping strategy.


Do they? I mean, really...how many online map sites does the world need
and how much does that really add to MS's bottom line?

-Darrel

Apr 24 '06 #5

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> You should learn about Second Life [1] and what is going on in that
context. Yes, people like you and I are making money and some are earning
lots of it.


Right, but the goal for MS is that THEY want to make money. ;o)

I think their gaming strategy, for now, at least, is mainly XBOX.

-Darrel
Apr 24 '06 #6

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clintonG wrote:
You should learn about Second Life [1] and what is going on in that context.
Yes, people like you and I are making money and some are earning lots of it.
I signed up for Second Life but it ran like molasses on my GeForce 5200.

I bought Auto Assault and managed to get that up and running but by
sacrificing look for performance. Still, I am already enjoying it and
will probably sign up for few months once the 14 day trial expires.

I have no problem paying for really good gaming, since I probably spend
way more time on Madden 2006, UT2004 for Linux and other games than
almost any other media (tv, radio, dvd, etc) activity.

<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
URL http://clintongallagher.metromilwaukee.com/

[1] http://secondlife.com/


"John A. Bailo" <ja*****@texeme.com> wrote in message
news:44************@texeme.com...
Do any of these products generate any revenue whatsoever?

clintonG wrote:
The move is on to acquire 3D/2D CAD functionality for the mapping sites.
Google now owns SketchUp which is an amazing vector graphics spatial
development tool. SketchUp can be used with Google Earth.

Microsoft needs to complete their own global mapping strategy. I would
say now that SketchUp has been lost to Google there's no better software
to consider as an acquisition than that from Graphisoft [1] as they
dominate the 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM).


Apr 24 '06 #7

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I mentioned gaming because it is in the forefront of what I foresee what
XAML is going to make possible: virtual representations of the real world.
Because the real world has become what is has because of CAD during the 20th
century.

--
<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
URL http://clintongallagher.metromilwaukee.com/
"John A. Bailo" <ja*****@texeme.com> wrote in message
news:FY******************************@speakeasy.ne t...
clintonG wrote:
You should learn about Second Life [1] and what is going on in that
context. Yes, people like you and I are making money and some are earning
lots of it.


I signed up for Second Life but it ran like molasses on my GeForce 5200.

I bought Auto Assault and managed to get that up and running but by
sacrificing look for performance. Still, I am already enjoying it and
will probably sign up for few months once the 14 day trial expires.

I have no problem paying for really good gaming, since I probably spend
way more time on Madden 2006, UT2004 for Linux and other games than almost
any other media (tv, radio, dvd, etc) activity.

<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
URL http://clintongallagher.metromilwaukee.com/

[1] http://secondlife.com/


"John A. Bailo" <ja*****@texeme.com> wrote in message
news:44************@texeme.com...
Do any of these products generate any revenue whatsoever?

clintonG wrote:

The move is on to acquire 3D/2D CAD functionality for the mapping sites.
Google now owns SketchUp which is an amazing vector graphics spatial
development tool. SketchUp can be used with Google Earth.

Microsoft needs to complete their own global mapping strategy. I would
say now that SketchUp has been lost to Google there's no better software
to consider as an acquisition than that from Graphisoft [1] as they
dominate the 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM).



Apr 25 '06 #8

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